Iraq’s stability key to regional security: Iranian diplomat

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed the country’s commitment to supporting the Iraqi nation and government, noting that security and stability in the Arab country is key to the security in the region.

Iran will keep playing an influential and constructive role in support of the Iraqi government and nation, Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with former prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, Barham Ahmad Salih, held in Tehran on Sunday.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized the need for the strengthening of unity and national solidarity in Iraq with the balanced participation of all Iraqi tribes and ethnicities in the Arab country’s political structure.

The Iraqi politician, for his part, lauded neighboring Iran’s supportive stance towards Iraqis in hard times.

Salih further warned that extremism and violence threaten the entire region, and called for stronger regional cooperation to deal with the threat.

Since early 2014, Iraq has been facing a growing militancy by the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group and its allied militants, who have taken over areas in the country’s west and north. The crisis deteriorated in June last year, when the terrorists declared a so-called caliphate in the territories they had seized.

The ISIL terrorists have also threatened other communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and others, in Iraq.

Back in December 2014, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi lauded Iran for standing by his country in very critical conditions, when other countries were hesitant to help the Arab nation in the face of threats posed by terrorists.

He said Iran rushed to help Iraq and “never ever had any doubts” even about assisting the Kurdish residents of Erbil when the city faced the threat of ISIL militants, while Americans were hesitating over whether to support Baghdad or not when the capital city was in jeopardy.

By Tasnim News Agency